"A Faithful Attempt" is designed to showcase a variety of K-12 art lessons, the work of my art students, as well as other art-related topics. Projects shown are my take on other art teacher's lessons, lessons found in books or else designed by myself.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Frankenstein Kids

I found this super adorable art lesson HERE on the Artventurous Blog. 
She links to THIS website (artforkidshub) which has a tutorial on how to draw Frankensteins's monster. My Grade 3 kids watched this tutorial and drew along for a practice. They loved it!

Then I re-drew it on my whiteboard step-by-step again for the slower students.

After their practice drawing, they drew their good copy on thick 12x18" white drawing paper.

Then they outlined their drawing with a Sharpie.

Then they outlined all the way around their figure with a yellow wax crayon. 
Then they added some electricity lines.

Then they colored in their figure using construction paper crayons.

Finally- phew! - they used watercolor in the background.

This took about 3 - 40 minute periods in total.
Some Grade 3 results- ta da!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Glue Line Chalk Pastel Pumpkins

This is a repeat one of my more popular posts that gets alot of hits from Pinterest around this time of the year. This year I did this lesson with my Grade 7-9 art elective class. 

They start off by drawing between 2-3 overlapping pumpkins on black construction paper (ours are 12 x 18"). It's helpful to have some actual pumpkins (or mini pumpkins) in the classroom for kids to draw from. I encourage them to have different shapes and sizes of pumpkins to create interest and variety (principles of art, ahem :)
They used a light colored pencil to draw with.

Once dry, they traced over all their lines using Elmer's clear glue (my preferred brand because it dries SHINY!!!). You can also use regular white glue.

Let these dry FLAT overnight.

The next class, I do a short demo for students on how to shade and 
add highlights using chalk pastels. 
We're aiming for some realistic looking pumpkins here.
Provide paper towels to clean off the 'dirty' chalk pastels and 
scraps of black paper so kids can test out their colors beforehand.

Color the pumpkins first, then do the background.

Grade 7 - 9  (mostly Grade 8, though) results!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Turkey Drawing

Here's a quick little Thanksgiving lesson perfect for K-2. I had students follow me doing a simple turkey drawing on orange construction paper.They outlined their drawings with a black marker, then colored them in using construction paper crayons. I LOVE these crayons and so do my students "They're so smooooth", one Gr.1 student told me :)

OK- this one might look a bit peacock-y....

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Glue Line Chalk Pastel Sunflowers

Grade 6 students finally finished their sunflowers last week. This is a fun and relatively easy project that all students can find success with. I find most 'glue lines on black paper' projects are great for all levels and abilities of students. Chalk pastels are very forgiving and easy to work with, so I tend to start out with these types of projects at the beginning of the year to help build my students' confidence in Art.

I out some real and fake sunflowers on display for students to look at. I wanted them to really see what an actual sunflower really looks like, as opposed to what they think a sunflower looks like (ie: a circle with triangles all the way around). We looked at the various sunflower paintings created by Van Gogh and discussed what makes them unique. We discussed his color sense and how his 'trademark' colors of blues and yellows were inspired by his time living in Provence.

Using a white or light colored pencil, students drew their sunflower on large black paper. I encouraged them to draw large and fill the page, even going off the page.

my sample drawing

Then, using Elmers clear glue (my favorite type of glue for these projects as it dries black and shiny), slowly trace all over the pencil lines. You can also use regular white glue.


Let these dry on a flat surface overnight. 
The glue will end up drying flat, not really a raised line like you'll get with the thicker white glue.

Then color the sunflowers using chalk pastels. I demonstrated to the kids how to use white, as well as darker shades of oranges and browns, to create shading and more realistic looking petals.
Save at least 5 minutes time at the end of class for clean-up because chalk pastels are messssssyyyy!!

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